James Henry has returned to Reading after his loan spell at Norwich City was cut short by mutual agreement.
The teenage winger joined the Canaries in January and was due to stay at Carrow Road until the end of April.
But he has made just three appearances for the Championship club and Norwich boss Glenn Roeder admits it is best for Henry to go back to the Madejski Stadium.
"I spoke to Nick Hammond [director of football at Reading] last week and he was concerned James wasn't getting involved as much as he would like him to be and that it was best if he went back to Reading," Roeder told the club's official website.
"Although he didn't break into the first team as much as would have been ideal during his time here, he was always a pleasure to work with and he's a very talented player.
"I'm sure he will go on to be an excellent player for Reading in the future."
Henry, who made his Reading debut as a substitute against Liverpool in the Carling Cup last September, has also been out on loan at Bournemouth this season.